With Super Bowl LIII a few days away, sportsbooks are preparing for the biggest US sport-betting event of the year. Eight states in the US now allow sports-betting however, most of the money bet on the Super Bowl will be placed illegally. However you place your bets, Sunday’s game allows the oddsmakers to get creative with what they are willing to take wagers on. Those bets are prop bets.
6,000,000,000: Amount Americans say they will bet on Super Bowl LIII
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Prop bets, short for proposition bets, are bets that can be placed on things other than the spread of the game, the margin of points that a team will win or lose by, and the over/under of total points of that game. Total yards by a specific running back or predicting what team scores first are some examples of prop bets. While available for most games, prop bets have become a popular way to bet on the Super Bowl. In September, the NFL asked Congress to allow sports leagues and gambling regulators to ban such bets citing a higher likelihood that prop bets could be “fixed” by players. Luckily, prop bets are still legal, provided by sportsbooks and ready to be bet on.
The following odds and lines are provided by Bovada.
Super Bowl LIII Against The Spread- New England Patriots -3.0 (-105)
The Patriots lost last year’s Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles in a shootout. They will use that as motivation to win Super Bowl LIII by at least seven points.
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Super Bowl MVP- Tom Brady (+140)
Seven of the last 10 Super Bowl MVPs have been quarterbacks, and Tom Brady has won the award four times in his career.
Jared Goff Over/Under 289.5 Total Passing Yards- Under (-115)
The Rams will need to keep the ball away from Tom Brady to have any chance at winning this game. Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson should be the focus of the offense, hurting Goff’s chances at reaching his average of 293 yards per game.
Tom Brady Over/Under 300.5 Total Passing Yards- Over (-140)
Tom Brady had 505 passing yards in last year’s Super Bowl and while he might not reach those numbers this time around, 300.5 yards should be easy for the 41-year-old quarterback to manage.
127.5 Total Rushing Yards In The Game By The Los Angeles Rams- Over (+120)
The Rams need to run the ball to have any chance at winning this game. The should reach this total by halftime.
3.5 Total Yards On 1st Rushing Attempt By Todd Gurley- Over (-115)
Todd Gurley averaged 4.9 yards an attempt this season and should make this bet easy money.
Distance of longest penalty in game Over/Under 15.5 yards- Over (-105)
This bet is basically asking whether there’s going to be a pass interference penalty called for longer than 15.5 yards. After the scrutiny that the NFL and referees got for failing to call a pass interference penalty in the NFC Championship game, there’s a good chance that the officials will have their eye out for contact downfield.
Will There Be A Penalty For Roughing The Passer?- Yes (-120)
Tom Brady plus Aaron Donald equals a high chance of roughing the passer.
The Super Bowl also provides a lot of non-football prop bets that can be wagered on without much rhythm or reason. These non-traditional prop bets provide wagering options on the events that surround the game.
Coin Toss- Heads (-105)
This is a 50-50 bet but before the coin landed heads last year, it landed tails four straight years after landing heads five straight years. It’s time for a new streak.
How Long Will It Take Gladys Knight To Sing The US National Anthem?- Over 1:49 (-145)
In an audio-only rendition from 1991, Gladys Knight took 1:33 to sing the National Anthem. Her advanced age and the special occasion should add at least 16 seconds to her time.
Will Gladys Knight be wearing a skirt, dress or Gown to sing the US National Anthem?- Yes (-240)
In all the footage of her performing, Gladys Knight is never seen wearing pants on stage.
What will the predominant color of Adam Levine’s top be at the start of the halftime show?- Any color other than black (Even)
When the choices were black or any other color in the universe, chose the universe.
How Many Plays Will Tony Romo Correctly Predict Ahead Of The Play?- Under 7.5 (-135)
Tony Romo will overly respect the Super Bowl and cut down on his predictions, hurting his chances at getting eight predictions correct.
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What color will the liquid be that is poured on the game-winning Coach?- Red (+700)
This prop bet will only apply if the Rams win because liquid does not get poured on Bill Belichick. Red pays out +700 and that is reason enough to bet on red when the color of the liquid poured is so random.
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Who Will The Super Bowl MVP Mention First In His Speech?- Teammates (+160)
Last time Tom Brady won Super Bowl MVP he thanked his teammates first. If he wins MVP again, he’ll likely thank the same people. If he doesn’t win MVP, the winner will have to thank his teammates for either helping him beat the great Tom Brady or because his teammate is Tom Brady.